This course offers critical and creative approaches to children's literature and the music that accompanies it, through literary analysis and student music compositions. This course posits that quality music for children can and should be both aesthetically interesting and intellectually engaging. We will look at music for children and explore connections bewteen children's music and children's literature. The course will focus on different genres, from classical and folk, to film scores and pop covers. We will also be reading and discussing the source material that inspired the music, including folktales, nursery rhymes, and works by Shel Silverstein, Lewis Carroll, Edward Gorey, and Roald Dahl, among others. Particular attention will be paid to the nature of the kind of diverse child audience that educators and performers will encounter in front of a classroom and an audience. While music composition is an integral part of this course, students from any major are welcome.
This interdisciplinary sociology and writing course explores the changing times, attitudes and music in the South. Students read journal articles, biographies, ethnographies, and interviews of those who live, know and write about Southern culture, tradition, music, its legacy, and new challenges. In examining the social change themes of individual strength, collective support and community, the class will learn how demographic, cultural, and social realities blur boundaries, tear down barriers, and pose challenges to a region that has long documented its struggles and conflict in written and musical expression.
In this course, students develop quantitative and visual reasoning skills. Students also learn problem solving through applications in mathematics and finance. Computer technology assists in presenting material. This course introduces students to basic concepts of functions to prepare students for further study at Berklee. Note: This course may not be used to fulfill the math/science requirement.
This course is a survey of acoustical phenomena relating to music. The course includes an overview of the nature of sound waves and vibration, sound propagation and room acoustics, sound level and its measurement, the human ear and perception, and tuning systems. Course material is directed toward the contemporary musician's need to understand acoustical phenomena in various contexts, including performance, writing, and music technology applications. Note: This is a required course for CWPR majors. ELPD and MPED majors are required to take either LMSC-208 or LMSC-209.
This course includes the study of basic vibrating systems and sound sources; sound outdoors and indoors (waves, echoes, and reverberation); sound transmission and noise reduction; sound reinforcement systems; room acoustics and vibration isolation; hearing and psychoacoustics; and acoustics of musical instruments. Note: This course does not fulfill the acoustics requirement for CWPR students. CWPR students must take LMSC-208. ELPD and MPED majors are required to take either LMSC-208 or LMSC-209.
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of audio electronics. Students explore basic circuit theory and apply this knowledge to practical circuits that they encounter in musical applications. Students explore DC and AC signal flow; resistors, capacitors, inductors, transistors, and operational amplifiers; transmission lines; transformers; and power amplifiers. Students analyze and trace signal flow through several common audio circuits.
This course is designed to provide a scientific approach to issues of health and wellness necessary for the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Topics such as nutrition, exercise, stress, sexuality, substance abuse, eating disorders, and the physical environment will be examined in the context of human physiology. Note: This course may be used to fulfill the natural science requirement.
In this course, students examine the interdisciplinary nature of the Earth's oceans. Students learn about the biological, chemical, physical, and geological aspects of the ocean. Students investigate the creatures that live in the ocean, including fish, marine mammals, and microscopic plants and animals. In addition, students examine waves, currents, and environmental aspects of the ocean, as well as the features of the sea floor. Through this course, students also explore the interaction between humans and the oceans, analyzing humanity's relationship with the sea.
Math/Science Topics courses enable students to choose from a variety of course topics that change each semester. Courses are designed to facilitate students' confidence in their mathematical and science abilities. Students will be encouraged to assess and analyze complex problems in a logical manner and to connect what they are learning to everyday life. Individual course descriptions are available to registering students at www.berklee.edu/liberal-arts.
In this course, students explore topics of current scientific interest through a series of lectures/discussions with experts in their respective fields. Students examine major areas of scientific relevance such as climate change, water/air pollution, medicine, nutrition, etc. Students explore how these topics have direct impact on their lives and evaluate media coverage of these issues. Exact topics will vary every semester, according to the guest lecturers' areas of expertise.
In this course, students explore the major natural disasters seen on the Earth. Students investigate the likely location of different types of disasters, the potential impact on society, and whether different types of disasters can be predicted. Students also learn about earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, landslides, asteroid impacts, and more. Students compare the potential dangers of different hazards, evaluate media reports on natural disasters, and assess legislation on natural disasters. In addition, students investigate the ways that humans interact with nature and affect these disasters.
It is a commonplace that we make culture. However, in this class we will ask, how does culture make us? And what kind of us? In this course we will address the use of cultural technologies (including science and its other: nature) in the expression—or production—of the self in society. We will interrogate the ways that communication technologies (such as film, video, television, internet, cell phones, and media) fundamentally alter our relations to ourselves and each other. We will also examine science and nature as they inform, influence, and regulate our social relationships. Some of the questions that we will ask include: what are the ways in which our sense of self is transformed by the popularization of certain technologies? How do technologies shift our languages of the self? How does science redirect our understanding of the self in society? How do the metaphors of science change the ways that we think about our bodies and our identities? How does a revolutionized relationship with nature offer us ways to reconsider selfhood, sociality, politics, and ethics? How do we (not) comport ourselves toward the things being-in-the-world? How does a technology like Facebook both enable and inhibit the expression of our identities? Why do we obsessively watch each other—online, offline, proximately, and remotely? What are the dominant cultural myths of our time? How is the apparent opposition between self and other organized? The aim of the course is to develop a critical awareness of the effects of technology (including science and nature) on sociality. The horizon of this course is an understanding of the culture that we purport to make ourselves but which in fact makes us. But who, us?